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Month: August 2014

Master of Cocktails – The Spiced Black Truffle Palmetto

Master of Cocktails The Spiced Black Truffle Palmetto

This week’s drink (a day later than usual due to the bank holiday) is a twist on a Palmetto recipe, using the amazing Rumbullion! XO rum along with a couple of superb vermouths, and Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters. The Black truffle notes add a superb, almost ethereal balance to the drink that makes it probably my favourite creation of the last few months.

It’s a simple drink to make, which I’m sure will be welcome after last week’s (and next week’s) more prep-heavy drinks.

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Categories : Cocktails, Rum
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Exclusive Overeem Bourbon Cask Release Competition

Old Hobart Overeem casks

WIN a place on the panel to choose which cask gets bottled as well as receiving a special personalised bottle of the resulting limited edition release!

A proper competition this, for all you malt fans out there. The marvellous folk at the Old Hobart distillery in Tasmania are wonderful whisky makers, but are sometimes a little indecisive. Alongside his truly excellent Sherry and port cask releases, Head Distiller and distillery owner Casey Overeem has – for the first time – filled a small number of specially re-sized bourbon casks with his wonderful single malt! The trouble is they all taste superb, so he’s having a little trouble to decide which one to release first in the UK… that’s where you come in.

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Categories : Competitions, News, Whisky
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Glenfarclas 60 Year Old

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old

Back in the 1950s, when George Grant’s daddy was quite literally still in nappies, George’s grandfather was busy laying down stock for the future and to this day the family-run independent distillery and its followers have been reaping the rewards of this policy with some incredible releases.

In 2007 they launched The Family Casks range showcasing some of the best single casks in their warehouses with vintages ranging from 1952 (!) to 1994 on release. Glenfarclas‘ envious inventory of maturing stock then saw them able to add a 40 Year Old to their core range in 2010. How many distilleries can boast that?

Following a couple of 1953 vintage releases over the last couple of years taken from casks that were the very oldest whisky casks in the inventory (like this and this), the inevitable has now happened. Glenfarclas have released an official 60 Year Old bottling for the first time ever.

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Master of Cocktails – The Gimlet

Master of Cocktails The Gimlet

Right then campers. Time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. This week it’s a Gimlet recipe, one of those that’s super-simple if you do a bit of prep. We’re going to be venturing into slightly more prep-heavy territory soon, so this one’s a decent bit of practice. As ever, we’ll be publishing all the directions in advance (in the case of prep) here and on the Master of Malt twitter, along with the cocktail recipes so you can either make it along with us, or come back to the drink at a later date.

As such, we’ll be making our Gimlet using homemade Lime Cordial. You could make this drink with shop-bought, but honestly? It’s just not worth wasting good gin on. The lime cordial only takes minutes to make, and lasts for weeks in the fridge.

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Categories : Cocktails, Gin
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Dramboree 2014 – Another Whisky Weekend in Scotland!

Dramboree 2014

Ah, Dramboree. A truly fantastic event, and one that’s difficult to convey in all its glory within a blog post. (One of the many reasons it’s taken me a little while to get round to this write-up.) For those who don’t know, Dramboree is a whisky weekend held in Scotland in early July that’s simply getting better and better with age. Next year it will be three years old. The requisite age for it to be referred to as the real deal? Well, based on the taste we had this time around, we think it’s getting pretty close to perfect already.

The second ever Dramboree was attended by 64 people (that’s about double the number from the first year), most of which first descended upon Glasgow in order to hop aboard the Dramboree coach for a magical mystery tour the hour or so long journey to the shores of stunning Loch Lomond.

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Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Master of Cocktails – Coffee Cocktail

Master of Cocktails Coffee Cocktail

Well hello there Flip fans – it’s time for another #MasterofCocktails. This week, we have a Coffee Cocktail recipe for you.

Confusingly enough, there’s absolutely no coffee (liqueur format or otherwise) anywhere near this drink. Nevertheless, I’d take it after a meal over a cup of joe anyday. So, straight to it.

Starting with an ingredients picture that doesn’t have all the ingredients… Since last week I’ve discovered that including sugar syrup and Angostura bitters makes for a yummier recipe. So grab those too.

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Categories : Cocktails, Cognac
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Ballantine’s Want To Make #WhiskyEmoji Happen

whisky emoji ballantines

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. If this is true, then emoji means you could write a novel in no time at all. If you’ve not got a clue what emoji are, they’re a selection of tiny little cartoons used mostly on mobile phones in texts, which range from the normal (dog, cat, car, etc…) to the frankly ridiculous (man in a bathtub, an aubergine, dollar bill with wings, etc…). Just looking at the assortment of little emoji on my phone now, I see a best-selling novel starting to appear…

Santa and one of the Queen’s Guards found a turtle near a volcano. They were happy and drove a tractor to a castle where they saw the head of the Statue of Liberty and a ghost. To celebrate they rode a horse into the city to enjoy a… whisky? But, but, but, but… There’s no whisky emoji!

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Master of Cocktails – A basic gin punch recipe

Master of Cocktails Gin Punch

Hopefully you were all paying attention during the last #MasterofCocktails, as we made the most important part of this week’s drink(s) a week in advance – the Oleo-Saccharum (a fancy term for sugared peel).

There’s nowt better than being able to have your guests serve themselves amazing punch, and sorting the Oleo-Saccharum ahead of time will save you a load of effort. You also won’t have to ‘work’ the sugar into the peel, and will also ultimately yield better results.

In case you did miss it, let’s have a look at how you should make your own Oleo-Saccharum a week in advance in preparation for making your Gin Punch…

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Categories : Cocktails, Gin
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